“These poems mythify the alligator attack that killed my dearest friend in 2006.
To write this book—to inscribe myself into its bloodstained ecology—I have to become a bird.
I have to transform into the airborne body that shares a dinosaur ancestry with alligators and remains their closest modern kin.
I do this without much thinking, as if the evolution of reptilian scales into feathers were an adaptation to grief.
’Death,’ Edmond Jabès wrote, ‘means alliance.’”
-Lucas de Lima, author of Ghostlines
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